After not being able to carry out death sentences for 11 years, South Carolina now gives its inmates on death row the option of a firing squad execution.
Inmates will have the option of health by lethal injection, electrocution, or firing squad execution. It seems that the state had difficulties procuring the drugs for lethal injection. The South Carolina Supreme Court also blocked executions of two inmates who were set to die from electrocution saying they needed to have the option of choosing death by firing squad.
The newly renovated death chamber, which cost $53,600, has a chair in the corner that inmates will sit in. They will be restrained and face a wall with a rectangle opening. A firing squad consisting of three rifle shooters who are volunteer employees of the Correction Department and will be aiming at the inmate’s heart. A hood will be put over the inmate’s head and he will be given the opportunity to make a final statement.